As if we’re already melting away in the summer heat, we bring you a round-up of the hottest live reviews from Bristol ready for you, so scroll down and catch up now on all the best bits.
Fazerdaze – 3rd May | The Louisiana
Some of our favourite albums can evoke a nostalgic reaction, as memories of when we first heard it seep into the forefront. The first time I heard New Zealand’s Fazerdaze‘s debut LP Morningside, it was hailing outside, in April. Lucky for me, the dulcet tones of Amelia Murray were as summery as they come, allowing me to transport myself to a hopeful future of warm rays. Read more.
Flamingods – 12th May | The Lantern
After a short break, Flamingods take to the stage joined for this tour by Alex White on saxophone. White is the only person on stage who keeps to the same instrument throughout as the other four members swap instruments frequently between songs. The set features a myriad of differing global musical styles, although all the music played can be described as danceable and psychedelic. There are songs from all three Flamingods albums as well as a couple from the forthcoming EP resulting in a good mixture of the old and new. Read more.
HMLTD – 5th May | The Louisiana
You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d stepped inside a garish nightmare, rather than the Louisiana to see HMLTD. Pink velvet drapes hang around the room, blown up rubber gloves adorn the walls as makeshift balloons, whilst mannequin limbs stick out at odd angles from the ceiling. There is absolutely no mistaking that the dark, maximalist art-pop sextet are in town. Read more.
Skunk Anansie – 25th May | O2 Academy
With the occasional gust of dry ice we shifted to and fro in one sweaty mass like an Underground train in rush hour as Skunk Anansie showed us what grandiose rock openings are meant to look like. Among all the thudding, distortion and grinding bass lines, Skin appeared in a dazzling black and pink chequered jacket and trousers doing what looked like a Charlie Chaplin walk for a moment. Her voice was immediately evident as one of the only sounds able to match the rampaging contribution from her band. Read more.
Hazel English – 25th May | The Louisiana
Making her Bristol debut, Hazel English brought her gauzy fraught-pop to The Louisiana on Thursday night. Coming to the end of her second European tour, and off the back of playing both The Great Escape Festival and her biggest show, at the Lexington in London, the set was polished, deft and refreshing, English leading her spritely three-piece backing band through twelve shimmering songs. Read more.
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